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The Salvation Army Macau Appreciation Ceremony & Float Parade
Express Gratitude for Macau’s Support
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Christmas is coming! In this joyful season, The Salvation Army held an appreciation ceremony today (6 December) to express its gratitude to the Macau government, partners and volunteers for their continuous support. We were honoured to have Ms Angelina Lei, Manager of Community Relations & Projects of Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, and Rev. Steven Li, the Chairman of The Union of Evangelical Christian Churches in Macau, to be the officiating guests. Members and service users of three Salvation Army service units, namely Iao Hon Corps (church) and Community Service Centre, Joy Family Integrated Service Centre and Recycling Programme, gathered at Iao Hon Corps to reminisce the service history and give thanks to the Macau government and supporters.
 
After the ceremony, participants travelled around the north district on a float parade bus. Meanwhile, stall games were set up at Joy Family Integrated Service Centre. All Salvation Army centres were opened to show the Army’s services. 
 
The Salvation Army has been serving in Hong Kong since 1930. In 2000, Iao Hon Corps and Community Service Centre was officially established in Macau, providing spiritual and community services to Macau people. Then the Recycling Programme also started to organise monthly recycling campaign with the Macau government and operate a Family Store to raise funds for the community care services. In 2014, the first Salvation Army social services unit in Macau, Joy Family Integrated Service Centre, was officially opened to serve children, youth, women and senior citizens in the north district.
 
The Salvation Army Hong Kong and Macau Command has been founded for 85 years. The number of service units reaches 150 and the annual attendance of our services is over 620,000. Lieut-Colonel Ian Swan, Officer Commanding of The Salvation Army Hong Kong and Macau Command, said that God is standing with The Salvation Army and helps us gather volunteers, donors, service users and the public as “One Army”. The Army aims to help more Macau people receive spiritual and life support in future.
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